Formartine's Visitor Centre

Food & Drink Attraction

Tarves, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7NU

    Come and experience the best of Aberdeenshire. Delicious fine foods and local produce can be bought in our food hall or sampled in our eatery. Kids can have fun in our outdoor playground and the whole family can enjoy the fresh on our woodland walks

    Formartine's is the perfect Scottish day out, with something new to taste and discover on every visit.
    In the heart of Aberdeenshire's farming land, on the National Trust's historic Castle Trail you will find or Formartine's - a pioneering, zero-carbon building, set in acres of beautiful woodland.
    Bring the family and explore our woodland walks and outdoor adventure area or unwind in our relaxed eatery with a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch made with the finest local produce or a delicious homebake and some fantastic ethical coffee.
    Browse and buy in our food hall stocked with hand-selected delicacies - from produce picked from our own grounds and smoked   foods from our own smokehouse to ready meals prepared in our own Kitchen.
    Our building
    Our innovative building design contributes vastly to our green credentials, built using granite found on the original site and Scotlarch sourced within 100 miles of Russwood's Highland Sawmill. We have a heat recovery system which recycles existing "waste" heat so successfully that it provides all heating and hot water and we use renewable energy for electricity which gives us a 100% zero-carbon emission status.
     In our first year of trading we are delighted to report that we have not only achieved a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and a 4 star status from The Scottish Tourist Board, we where recently crowned “Scottish Champion” in the  Countryside Alliance Award for Best Rural Start Up in Scotland.

    4 Visitor Attraction
    Green Tourism Gold Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Open 7 days from 9.30am till 5.30pm
    Closed 25th and 26th December


    • Breakfast Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Gluten Free We always have a gluten free cake option in our eatery and gluten free products are available in our shop
    • Licensed Bar / Clubroom
    • Lunch Available
    • Organic Food
    • Patio/Beer Garden
    • Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome Please call to arrange
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome For large groups, please call ahead to arrange

    Road Directions

    Find us on the B999 Tarves to Methlick Road

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
      • restaurant
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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